I have him on aspen in a Boaphile sweater drawer. Back end heat is consistent 82 degrees F. Water bowl of course, on 'cool end', not overly full, BUT Mikey constantly soaks in the water and repeatedly has made his aspen so wet that I fear scalerot or the like. Changed him again today, removed water bowl. I have other milksnakes and no one is 'dying' of this heat so I have to wonder, though a lot of my snakes spend a 'normal' amount of time thermoregulating in front of their drawers, more than in winter, for sure. Room temperature is around consistent 80F. All are eating fine.
Really I don't like to take water from a snake and sure don't intend to do it permanently but the mess is incredible. Just not cleanable on a daily basis and he is very VERY thorough.
Really I don't like to take water from a snake and sure don't intend to do it permanently but the mess is incredible. Just not cleanable on a daily basis and he is very VERY thorough.

I can think of two immediate options:
1) switch him to newspaper bedding, which is easier and lessexpensive to change
2) put one or two rocks in his dish so that he can still drinkfrom around the edges, but can't climb in.
-Z
I have him on aspen in a Boaphile sweater drawer. Back end heat is consistent 82 degrees F. Water bowl ... permanently but the mess is incredible. Just not cleanable on a daily basis and he is very VERY thorough.

When I get mites, the only thing that helps me (since i have no legs or arms to scratch) is soaking in the water.
The little buggers that penetrate under my scales are so irritating that soaking in my water bowl is the only
thing that gives me relief. I'm itching just thinking about this.

I hiss at my owner and tell him to get rid of the "wood" stuff and replace it with paper towels or newspapers.
My owner doesn't like this because it's not aesthetically pleasing, but the mites hate it because there is no place to hide and breed.
A nice cleaning of the boaphile drawer with soap and water, a soaking for me, and replacing my substrate gives me
and my owner an easier life. Plus I don't have to smell my own urine soaked up in the aspen AND I won't have to worry
about aspen stuck to my meals which could be fatal for me.

Spit
Thanks for the suggestions.
No mites, but the rocks in the waterbowl, I will definitely try.

I've never had a problem with any snake on aspen in these years, babies or adults, as I feed in dixie cups or separate containers, depending on the snake. But the point's well taken.
Spit, I come off sounding terrible here.
I really keep my drawers and tanks impeccably. No one lies in or smells his own soaked up urine. (or anyone else's of course) You're absolutely right, though, I hate newspaper but may have to have recourse to it for this one, single snake. My drawers, those I keep the snakes in as well as my personal drawers, are always cleaned and sanitized. Emotion: smile
Spit, I come off sounding terrible here. I really keep my drawers and tanks impeccably. No one lies in or ... drawers, those I keep the snakes in as well as my personal drawers, are always cleaned and sanitized. Emotion: smile

That's nice to know !
There's nothing like smelling your own urine in your drawers.
Spit
Does it smell like napalm in the morning?